COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Information

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended a pause in the distribution of all J&J vaccines due to safety concerns. We have important information for all patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine via Central Ohio Primary Care.

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Latest Vaccine Updates

The federal government and state of Ohio determine how many vaccines COPC receives each week, and who is eligible to schedule. Appointment availability is limited by the number of doses we receive. In the event that no appointments are available when you try to schedule, check back often. We will continue to add new openings as we get more vaccines.

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  • For the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health regarding vaccine roll-out, please click here.

  • COPC wants all of our patients to get the vaccine. There are many options available - hospital systems, local pharmacies, grocery stores and health departments. Please visit the Ohio Department of Health vaccine locator website by clicking here to find additional vaccination options that may be more convenient and quicker for you.

  • If you are a COPC patient, please be sure to confirm that your email address and cell phone number are up to date in your COPC online portal account.


Overview

What to expect from the COVID-19 vaccine

The newly FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine is ready to be safely and effectively distributed. But with this announcement comes many questions: Is the vaccine safe? Who gets it first? What do I need to know about this vaccine? COPC is here to help you find answers.


Vaccine Eligibility

Who should get the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Most people are able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, once supplies allow for their priority group to be vaccinated.
  • For information about when you are eligible to get a vaccine, visit the Ohio Department of Health website by clicking here.

Who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine

There are a few groups of people should not get the vaccine, and some others should consult with their doctor or follow special procedures. Individuals who should NOT get the COVID-19 vaccine include:

  • Anyone with a previous severe or immediate allergic reaction (i.e. one that causes anaphylaxis, a life-threating reaction, or requires medical intervention) to a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine dose, a vaccine component, or polysorbate.
  • Those younger than 16 years of age.
  • People currently isolating or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. These people can get vaccinated once they have finished isolation and their primary symptoms have resolved.

Answers to Common Questions

What is this "new" mRNA vaccine and is it safe?

  • mRNA vaccines are new but not unknown. Researchers have studied them extensively for decades, meaning this process can be standardized and scaled up. This makes vaccine development faster than traditional methods.
  • Despite the fact that the COVID-19 virus and vaccines are new, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are the priority. Due to the severity and lethality of COVID-19, getting the vaccine is a safer choice.
  • mRNA vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Meaning they cannot give you the virus and they do not alter or interact with DNA in any way.
  • To learn more here about the unknown, long-term, serious side effects of mRNA vaccines, click here.

If I get vaccinated, will it give me COVID-19?

After receiving the vaccine you may experience some mild side effects. These side effects are not the same as having the actual virus.

The most common side effects include fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain. These should not prevent you from getting a vaccine that can prevent you from catching or spreading this deadly virus.

How, if at all, will the vaccine be beneficial to myself and others?

By becoming vaccinated, you will be protected from illness which could impact your ability to do your daily activities. It also protects you from severe illness which could lead to hospitalization or even death.

The vaccine will also help you protect everyone in the community, including those who are at higher risk of complications. This will allow us to eventually resume “normal” life - including opening restaurants, movie theaters, and other public gathering places.

What precautions should I take after getting vaccinated?

Continuing to wear masks and social distance will reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures coupled with the vaccine will provide the best protection from COVID-19.

What are COPC's goals?

We have two clear goals: To save lives and slow the spread of the virus. We are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and will continue to do so.

Where can I find additional information and FAQ's

For more Information and FAQ’s from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.